First up – you’re probably thinking ‘Good thing? WTF?’.
I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard anyone ever say PCOS is a good thing before, and I promise this isn’t just a gag.
Obviously…if we could choose not to have it we all would BUT…hear me out:
Here’s why having PCOS is a good thing:
- It’s not a disease. First of all, PCOS is not a disease. That’s right. There’s a big difference between a disease and a syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms. These symptoms tell us that our bodies are not in balance. Of course if we do nothing and if we let it stay out of balance, we could go on to develop disease. But it’s not a given.
THIS IS A GOOD THING, because it means we can fix it!
2. It can be reversed without medications.
To me, having to be on pills of any sort long term kinda sucks. When I was taking the pill for my PCOS it made me feel like I was an ill person. But with PCOS we don’t have to be. Because it’s not a disease, the differences about our bodies that we need to work with can be completely managed with lifestyle changes alone- and not hard ones either!
3. We are Wonder Women.
Did you know that the rate of PCOS in female olympic athletes is up to 40%? Almost 4 x as high as the general population. Why?
Because PCOS means we are stronger than a non-PCOS woman of a similar size and bone structure to us. That makes us special and we should celebrate it by doing whatever it is that you enjoy – pull ups? Rowing? Dancing? Running? Bowling? Go for it girl!
4. It pushes us to look after ourselves a little bit better.
Okay, you might not think this is a good thing but honestly, the fact the we get the symptoms we do which are actually health cues to tell us things are not quite right actually helps us look after our health preventatively.
These cues from our bodies that tell us whether our health is on balance allows us to manage our health, and prevent disease further down the line. It’s like having extra indicator lights on your car dashboard which tell you when things are off.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to diminish your or my experience by saying everything is happy bright and shiny. The symptoms we get are embarrassing, debilitating and down right depressing.
BUT what I am trying to say is there is another way to look at PCOS. I’ve been through it, I experienced the worst of it, but realising how I could reverse my symptoms has landed me in a place where I am very positive about it, and I know you can be too.